In Morgantown, West Virginia, WBOY-TV concludes its series on autism in West Virginia:
This week, we've seen the potential for autism treatment to help children in our state and the problems many still have accessing it. A parent-training program could help fill some of the gaps until a more permanent is available for families.
Twins Tristan and Autumn Hinebaugh receive treatment at West Virginia University's Center for Excellence in Disabilities, and their family was part of a pilot program to take some of the treatment home.
The Parent Implemented Training for Autism through Telemedicine (PITA-T) program is funded by a five year grant to expand professional autism treatment to remote or rural areas.
Dr. Susannah Poe, the director of the autism clinic, hopes lawmakers will take up the case for more coverage so no child is denied the same results.
"We're finding that it doesn't cost nearly as much as people think it does, and the benefits are just priceless," she said. "There's no way to replace the value of a Tristan or an Autumn who become typically developing kids and end up as productive members of society."